We left London’s 229 on a high last October after seeing the Croydon-based four piece, Bellevue Days combine their elements of grunge, punk and post-hardcore in ear-pleasing anthemic glory.
Tonight, nestled under Brighton’s train station at The Green Door Store the beer soaked cobble stone floors and damp air sets the perfect scene for their dark, emotionally charged sound. Opening with Let’s All Be Friends from their debut EP, 2015’s The Sun Came Up When We Were Young, it’s satisfying to see how their original material still has a place live. They introduce newer songs, including Jack and I, with its themes of self-loathing, fear and denial: ‘I’ll just blame myself for everything and get drunk…lay in the park and pretend everything’s OK’, and new track Shotgun is a preview from their upcoming album.
Over the past year Bellevue Days have been recording and promoting the release of their third EP, Rosehill, and writing new material for a debut album planned for 2018. Live, they’ve made festival appearances over the summer and have been on a UK tour throughout October and November; it’s their second appearance on the South Coast in recent weeks.
As well as keeping busy with touring and recording, it’s clear that they’ve come on leaps and bounds creatively since first catching our attention. Polished and confident, they are experts at using dynamics intelligently; the relentless shifts of mood take the listener on a boisterous journey akin to a joyride. This is most evident in recent single: Faith, which they deliver live with both rawness and sensitivity. You can feel genuine pain in Dan Lukes’ vocals, which are almost whispered in parts, before it erupts; the band return, smashing back in with the force of a juggernaut! They continue with perhaps their most celebrated track, Ripped Jeans, before finishing their slick set with Black Sleep Baby.
A band to keep your eyes peeled for next year…we’re very much hoping 2018 will be their year.